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Volume 13, Issue 39

25 September 2019

Personalized Learning Plans: A Learning Series for Vermont Educators - Second Notification

Audience: Teachers, School Counselors, Principals, Curriculum Directors, PLP and/or Flexible Pathway Coordinators
This free series is open to educators who are interested in creating or refining their personalized learning planning process, and will foster a deeper understanding of the critical elements of a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) by 1) promoting the concept of a PLP as a cross-disciplinary tool that integrates evidence-based instructional practices; 2) aligning these practices to proficiencies; and 3) providing tools, resources and examples for classroom teachers and administrators. More information and registration online.
Contact: Sigrid Olson at (802) 479-1156 or sigrid.olson@vermont.gov

Instructional Coaching Networked Improvement Communities: Consolidation

Audience: Instructional Coaches, Teachers, Curriculum Directors, Principals, Superintendents
The Agency of Education is consolidating the Instructional Coaching Networked Improvement Communities (IC NIC) from four communities to two. The 2019-2021 IC NIC will take place in the northwest (Burlington) and south (Springfield) regions. Coaches that signed up for the Northeast and Central IC NIC sessions are encouraged to re-register in either the northwest or south locations. There is still time to sign up for these sessions. Please see the registration form for dates and additional information.
Contact: Susan Yesalonia at susan.yesalonia@vermont.gov

Nominations for Presidential Scholars

Audience: Students, Principals, School Counselors, Academic, Arts and CTE Teachers, CTE Center Directors
The Vermont Presidential Scholars Program recognizes students for academic success, artistic and technical excellence, community service, and leadership. Scholars are chosen in three different categories: General, the Arts and Career Technical Education. Vermont Presidential Scholars in the General and CTE categories will be invited to apply to the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 6, 2019. Click on the link above for applications (only nominations submitted via the electronic applications will be accepted).
Contact: Sigrid Olson at (802) 479-1156 or sigrid.olson@vermont.gov

2019 Vermont Early Childhood Special Education Survey on the IEP/EARLY Childhood Outcomes Process

Audience: Special Education Directors, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinators, Early Childhood Special Educators, Related Service Personnel
If you have not previously submitted the Vermont ECSE Survey on the IEP/ Early Childhood Outcomes Process, please complete it by Oct. 18, 2019. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about how embedding the Early Childhood Outcomes into the IEP process is being implemented and supported over time. The results of this survey will be used to improve the quality of the IEP process and the outcomes data collection process, to determine child progress, to better understand the effectiveness of related resources and professional development, and to inform future professional development activities and resources.
Contact: Katie McCarthy at katie.mccarthy@vermont.gov

Change of Email Extensions

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Business Managers, Receptionists
With the consolidation of districts, many email extensions have changed. If your extension has changed, please let us know your new email address for our records.
Contact: Glenn Bouchard at glenn.bouchard@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1044

SLDS Trainings

Superintendents, Principals, Business Managers, Registrars, SLDS IT Contacts
New SLDS training opportunities are available in Hyde Park, Oct. 2, 2019, and in Royalton on Oct. 3, 2019. Please register to attend.
Contact: Nicole Gray at nicole.gray@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1044

Courtesy Posts

The views, opinions and resources shared in this section of the WFM are solely those of the original contributors. The Agency of Education does not endorse the views expressed by these contributors and reserves the right to refuse submissions. Questions related to any of these resources should be directed to the organizations, people and opportunities as shared.

Registration Open for 2019 VTAEYC Annual Fall Early Childhood Conference

Take advantage of 60+ workshops focused on family and children from birth to grade three. The theme each day is: Thursday - Leadership with Maurice Sykes author of Doing the Right Thing for Children: Eight Qualities of Leadership; Friday - Cultural Competency and Implicit Bias, Dr. Rosemarie Allen; Saturday - Best Practices for Working with Each and Every Child, Camille Catlett. Space is filling quickly so, Register today for the Oct. 24 – 26, 2019, Annual Fall Conference and Retreat at Mount Snow Resort, West Dover Vermont.
Contact: Sonja Raymond at sonja@vaeyc.org

Reflective Practice and Developing a Peer Review Portfolio

This course supports and guides teachers pursuing initial licensure or adding endorsements to their Vermont teaching license. Participants need to be in a school setting, as student teaching will not be arranged through this course. As part of this course, participants examine the In TASC Model Core Teaching Standards (Vermont Core Teaching Standards) and content endorsement standards and develop an electronic portfolio demonstrating their competency on each standard through the collection of artifacts and a written commentary that describes, analyzes and reflects on the evidence. The syllabus and registration are available online.
Contact: Juliette Longchamp at jlongchamp@vtnea.org

Navigating the Student Loan Repayment Journey Seminars

Do you have Student Loans and work in a Vermont public school? This workshop will provide you with valuable information and tools to navigate the student loan repayment process, including income-based repayment as well as the Student Loan Forgiveness and Student Loan Cancellation programs. In this free workshop, conducted by NEA Member Benefits and Vermont-NEA, you will learn about and access a free online student loan evaluation tool that will show programs for which you may qualify and how much you can save, and obtain a complete list of repayment options and loan forgiveness programs based on your personal information. Seminars scheduled thus far include NW Vermont (St. Albans Elementary), Chittenden County (Delta Hotels by Marriott in South Burlington), and Central Vermont (Vermont-NEA Building). To register visit the Student Loan Seminar webpage.
Contact: Juliette Longchamp at jlongchamp@vtnea.org

Deadline September 30: College and Career Event Funding Opportunity

Advance Vermont and VSAC have partnered to develop a Vermont-focused College and Career Event Planning Toolkit, a guide to planning these events, including checklists, tips, templates and resources. Through generous support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to schools, government and non-profit organizations across Vermont to support innovative college and career events in their communities. To access the toolkit and apply for the grant, visit the Advance Vermont Website. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30, 2019.
Contact: Kristin Boehm at boehm@vsac.org

VSAC’s Annual Financial Aid Training: One Date Remaining

Register for the Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, training in Winooski. To support the October FAFSA application date, VSAC’s annual fall financial aid training for high school counselors and agency professionals will provide the latest financial aid updates on FAFSA and filing resources, Vermont grants and scholarships—along with updates on key VSAC initiatives to help students, families and professionals. View the details and register online.
Contact: Sabina Haskell at haskell@vsac.org

Professional Learning: Classroom Assessment

Registration is open for Assessment Architecture: Ensuring Valid & Reliable Measurement of Proficiencies. This one-day workshop on Dec. 3, 2019, in Colchester, will focus on how to align both formative and summative assessments with specific proficiencies so as to accurately identify student strengths and weaknesses. Participants will be introduced to an "Assessment Audit Tool" and will use this to review and revise one of their own classroom assessments. Presenters are Andrew Jones and Jen Stainton, and the book Essential Assessment: Six Tenets for Bringing Hope, Efficacy, and Achievement to the Classroom is included with registration.
Contact: Lauren Wooden at lauren@cvedcvt.org or (802) 497-1642

Poetry Out Loud School Registration

Vermont Poetry Out Loud (POL) provides high school students with a highly engaging opportunity to work toward ELA and transferable skills proficiencies. The program provides pathways for students to explore, memorize and recite great works of poetry and enhance presentation techniques. Participation begins at the classroom level. Students and teachers use POL resources to explore poetry while teachers organize recitation contests at the classroom or school level. Students move on to participate in regional and statewide events, and one Vermont student will be selected to represent the state at a national competition. To participate, schools will register by Dec. 31, 2019, and may take advantage of resources such as visiting artist workshops and regional events that draw nearly 40 high school students per year. Registration is open and more information is available on the Vermont Arts Council website. This year, POL is partnering with Brattleboro Museum and Art Center’s Scholastic Writing Awards to recognize two pieces of student poetry. Students from schools participating in POL are eligible to receive those awards.
Contact: Troy Hickman at thickman@vermontartscouncil.org or (802) 828-3778

Three Fall Flynn Student Matinees Have Heavily Subsidized Tickets Available

Three fall Flynn Student Matinees have heavily subsidized seats available to educators thanks to generous support from the community. On Oct. 18, 2019, award-winning contemporary circus ensemble Circa presents a stirring journey of what it means to be human (grades 6-12). On Dec. 2, 2019, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), the 19/20 season community artist-in-residence and renowned violinist/composer whose genre-bending music is attuned to the immigrant experience and the impact it has on artists and communities, will perform (grades 4-12). And on Dec. 17 and 18, 2019, Abenaki singer-songwriter Bryan Blanchette introduces students to Abenaki culture with a performance of traditional and modern Abenaki songs. More tickets, show info, and how these performances integrate with units of study and state teaching standards visit the Flynn Center website.
Contact: Kat Redniss at kredniss@flynncenter.org or (802) 652-4571

From Equity Awareness to Equity Action - webinars, workshops and course with Paul Gorksi

Vermont Higher Education is proud to offer their Mission Investment Fund in support of From Equity Awareness to Equity Action - Instituting Educational Justice in Vermont Schools and Communities: a coordinated series of events that will prepare educators, educational leaders and equity specialists to cultivate equitable and just learning environments. Building on the equity literacy framework, this series will move beyond individual awareness, cultural competence and diversity appreciation to focus on strategies that result in deep and sustainable equity change. The series includes three, free hour-long webinars, four topic-focused workshops, and a 3-credit course, taught by Paul Gorski, that integrates both the webinars and workshops.
Contact: Julie Medose julie.medose@vthec.org or (802) 498-3350

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